Dear Parents, Carers and Students

Week 9 of lockdown. I’m beginning to understand what it must be like to be in the Big Brother House!

You will have seen much speculation, information (and dis-information) regarding the re-opening of schools after half term. First, schools have not been closed but have been open for key worker and vulnerable students throughout lockdown. In accordance with the government announcement, Trinity will start to offer some face to face support for both Year 10 and 12 after half term. These sessions will NOT be lessons but will be an opportunity for students to discuss any difficulties or queries they have with teaching staff to help them with their online learning.

In order to plan for this please can I ask Parents and Carers of Year 10 students to complete this questionnaire.

Please could Year 12 students complete this questionnaire.

Once we have collated the responses, we will invite students to sessions starting at some point after half term. As headteacher of Trinity the safety of the entire community, both students and staff, comes above any other consideration. We will be undertaking new risk assessments, enhanced cleaning and a number of other revised practices in order to minimise any risk as much as we can. However, given the nature of school communities and this virus, I cannot give a cast iron guarantee that the virus will not spread in the school community. Therefore, if parents and carers prefer for their students not to attend, then we will respect this decision. As you will appreciate, the guidance we receive is not only extensive but also seems to change on a weekly, if not daily, basis. I will try to keep you informed of the changes that you need to be aware of.

I am also aware that a number of parents and carers have lost jobs in recent weeks, placing an even greater stress on families. If any of the following apply, then please use the link below to apply for Free School Meals.

Free School Meals can only be awarded if you or your partner are claiming either;

  • Universal Credit provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax  Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax

The link for applying is here.

Finally, next week is half term and we will not be expecting work to be completed by students (although we are happy for them to do work if they wish). This weekend also sees the end of Ramadan, and so I hope all our Muslim families are able to celebrate Eid, even if it is a little different to normal.

With very best wishes

Adrian Ward